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by Sheena Harrison
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Sovaldi maker: Drug's cost "reflects the value of the medicine"

10:17 am, Dec. 22

The maker of the drug Sovaldi says the medicine's $1,000-per-day price tag is based on Sovaldi's ability to cure hepatitis C, and that it will "forcefully defend itself" against a lawsuit accusing the company of price gouging.Foster City, California-based pharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc. ...MORE

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States sue Colorado over legalized recreational marijuana: reports

4:45 pm, Dec. 18

While states consider the potential impacts of marijuana legalization on workers compensation claims, Nebraska and Oklahoma reportedly are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh whether Colorado's legal pot law should stand.The lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims Colorado "caused and will continue to ...MORE

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Use of opioids for acute pain 'strongly not recommended': ACOEM

3:05 pm, Dec. 18

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has updated its guidelines to show that opioids are less effective than previously believed, and not superior to other medications and treatments for pain management.The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine's ...MORE

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OSHA set to roll out new injury reporting requirements in new year

4:24 pm, Dec. 11

Employers will soon need to update their protocols for reporting serious workplace injuries under new rules being implemented by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.Starting Jan. 1, all workplace accidents that result in inpatient hospitalizations, amputations, or the loss of an ...MORE

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Incarceration doesn’t bar Nebraska worker from receiving benefits: Court

5:12 pm, Dec. 10

A Nebraska worker who sustained a compensable injury proved a loss of earning capacity and, therefore, is entitled to receive temporary total disability benefits despite her incarceration, the state Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 5.The case was an unprecedented one in Nebraska, where the ...MORE

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Workplace injury rates fell in 2013: BLS

3:38 pm, Dec. 4

The number and rate of nonfatal workplace injuries declined last year, with manufacturing employers helping to drive gains in safety, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday.Public and private sector employers recorded 3.75 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2013, down from 3.77 ...MORE

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Ohio shooting victim should receive TTD for PTSD: Court

6 am, Dec. 3

A former Ohio motel clerk who was shot by a robber should be awarded temporary total disability benefits for his post-traumatic stress disorder, an Ohio appellate court ruled Nov. 26.Cleveland Cummins was working as a clerk at the Budget Host Town Center Motel in Cincinnati, Ohio, when he was shot ...MORE

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OSHA issues Thanksgiving safety recommendations for retail workers

11:30 am, Nov. 26

With retailers gearing up for Black Friday sales -- and some planning to get a jump on sales by opening on Thanksgiving day -- the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration is asking employers to keep retail workers safe as shoppers try to take advantage of doorbuster deals.OSHA said in a ...MORE

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Oklahoma Workers' Comp Commission issues first ruling, has 'historic day'

5:47 pm, Nov. 25

In its first ruling, the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission awarded benefits to a nurse who was injured in a car accident.The Workers' Compensation Commission was created when the state moved from a court-based adjudication system to an administrative process as part of a law that took ...MORE

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Increasing generic drug prices could pose problems for workers comp

1:55 pm, Nov. 25

While the use of generic medications in workers compensation has been noted as a strategy to help manage medical costs for injured workers, it appears some generic drugs are seeing price hikes that could potentially mitigate any expected savings.A report this month in the New England Journal of ...MORE

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